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5/5 Lynn Calhoon, Murder 101
5/12 Annette Dashofy, Death By Equine
5/19 Krista Davis, The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit
5/25 Debra Goldstein, Four Cuts Too Many

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5/1 V. M. Burns
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5/22 Kait Carson

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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Managing Writing Time

Managing Writing Time

I’m supposed to be writing nonstop this week and do so without editing. I haven’t found time to start.

My excuses? I really do have some. Yesterday was a granddaughter’s birthday and I made a big pot of chicken and dumplings, enough to serve at a soup kitchen. I never know how many I’ll have to feed. As it turned out there were only 8 adults and, 2 toddlers and 2 babies.

Of course, I had to bake a cake. Certainly not one from a box, it had to be from scratch. And then for those who didn’t want chocolate, I had to make the pie, from scratch. By the time they all left and I cleaned up the mess it was time for Desperate Housewives. I can’t help it, I’m hooked on them. And besides my cousin from Oregon called and we talked nearly an hour and then I told him I simply had to go to see the housewives and what sort of trouble they were getting into.

I got up early this morning and had to go through emails. Yep, had to talk to the Dell guy to get my son’s computer ordered and read all the mail. And I still haven’t finished this blog. But I did work on the stuff for my future web page that a friend is building for me. Shouldn’t this all be considered writing time?

As I sit here typing, I wonder how I should proceed with the novel. Which direction should my main character take? What danger can I lead her to? Should I let her get shot or step into a trap of the bad guys and see how she manages to escape? Really, I can’t do it all for Ellagrace. She needs to tell me what she wants to do.

Tell me how you manage to handle your writing time vs your family time. Maybe I can learn how to ignore my family and write!


E. B. Davis said...

Just before coming to this blog, I read another. The author interviewed had earned two degrees, worked as a free-lance musician, among other jobs, just finished three novels, had three more in the works...and then the blog stated that she is the mother of nine! Sorry-no way. I just don't believe it. On the jacket of my book, want the truth and nothing but the truth. "She did as well as she could, considering..."

Warren Bull said...

I'm not at all certain how many novels and short stories are written by hermits. Last week I told a friend I would be writing one afternoon and he said, "Good. Since you won't be doing anything I'll call you then." J.K. Rowling wrote in teashops during her baby's naps. Most of us write whenever we can.

Pauline Alldred said...

I agree that we write when we can. I wonder whether writers who seem to create despite overwhelming odds are writers who get it right first time. I've listened to at least two well-known authors say they write only one draft. I make several attempts before the story turns out the way I want and that takes time.

Warren Bull said...

I know only one writer who, supposedly, writes only one draft and I have never heard her say that directly.
Maybe people who write multiple books can manage that but the successful writers I know take the time to revise. I sometimes read books that are subpar for the author and think the author failed to rewrite sufficiently maybe due to deadlines.

E. B. Davis said...

That's so funny, Warren, "since you won't be doing anything." So do you answer the phone while you're writing? I go through the same thing while doing bookkeeping for my husband. Everyone knows my schedule and when I'll be home "working," and yet they think I'll be free to talk with them, so I must not really be working.

Pauline Alldred said...

Friends and neighbors who are really nice people otherwise don't just assume writers are available. When I worked nights, friends would say,okay so I can call you around three and you can let me know what you think about my new drapes. In the end I used to say, only if you don't mind me calling you at three in the morning to ask you which is the best hand santizer.